What's on the agenda at Italy's G7 summit?

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Jun 11, 2024, 07:45 PM

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Jun 11, 2024, 07:45 PM

ROME - Italy hosts the annual summit of leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) major democracies from June 13-15. Here are key facts and figures about the three-day event.

WHERE IS THE SUMMIT BEING HELD?

The meeting is being held in Borgo Egnazia in the southern region of Puglia - a luxury hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant. On the first evening, the leaders will attend a dinner in their honour in the nearby city of Brindisi. The media centre is in the city of Bari, 80 km (50 miles) from the summit venue.

WHO IS COMING?

The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Britain. The European Union participates in all discussions and is represented by the presidents of both the European Council and the European Commission.

The host country traditionally invites outside guests to join some of the sessions. Italy has thrown open the doors and will this year welcome Pope Francis, the King of Jordan as well as the leaders of Ukraine, India, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Algeria and Mauritania, which holds the presidency of the African Union.

In addition, the secretary-general of the United Nations and heads of the World Bank and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe will be present.

WHAT IS ON THE AGENDA?

The summit is due to kick off at 11:00 a.m (0900 GMT) on Thursday with a discussion about Africa, climate change and development. The conversation then switches to the Middle East before two sessions dedicated to Ukraine - the first including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Day two has sessions on immigration, the Indo Pacific and economic security before the arrival in the afternoon of the outreach partners for talks on the Mediterranean, energy and Africa. Pope Francis will lead talks on Artif...

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